Covina Argus from Covina, California on March 21, 1908 · Page 7
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x COVfNA FURNITURE CO FOR ANYTHING IN THE LINK OF .FURNITURE OF FLOOR COVERINGS SAFEST PLACE TO TRADE W. Q. CUSTER, Manager Pooley's (iriN Nurseries Choior ferns and potted plants, roses, onrnations and other ornntiiotit.il trees in season. Sales yard, corner of First street and San Hernardino Koad. With Divers Tongues. What sn opportunity the theme of our headline offers to the dramatist! Indeed, we could outline n complete drama on the subject from real life that would be full of "acts" and contain many "scenes," though we hesitate whether to call it tragedy or comedy, so much depends upon the point of view. It would be composed of poor French, bad German, strong Flemish and Dutch, and plain United States. The dramatis persontie would .consist of two American tourists, policemen of many nationalities, various Madames and garcons, ticket agents, and small boys too numerous to mention. The curtain might rise first on a street scene beside the quays and custom bouse of Oatend, Uelgiutu, eight p. m. Enter the two "innocents, leading bicycles and vainly attempting to read Flemish and French signs in their search for the hotel Grand Marion. Enter a porter. in fragmentary English 'and profuse Flemish he professes his cheerful •willingness to play the good Samaritan. Asked to lead the way to the Grand Marion, he humbly but vociferously expostulates, but is forced ahead. He appropriates one of the wheels and calls a second porter to assist, who tries to secure possession of the other wheel but is sternly repulsed. After a block or so, the first porter turns over the one he capture! to porter number two. The Grand Marion reached, all is dark, silent, lifeless. "Me say closes, closes," is the consolation offered by the guide. Another hotel close at hand displays, by the aid of a street lamp, the alluring signals, "English Spoken," "Mann spricht Deutscb," "On parle Francais," "Se habla Espauol," "Si parla Italiane." But the Garcon who opens the door explains in voluble French with the aid of numerous gestures that the Englishman has just stepped out, and that the man who spricbt Dentch is unfortunately indisposed. But at this stragetic moment, in sweeps Madame, with such bewitching smile and such an enchanting flow of liquid French that a bargain is at onoe concluded, sight unsee&j-as'Tt were. ""But this, scene has a striking curtain—that is, it comes almost to blows over the demands of the two porters who insist that both helped run the bicycle and pilot the procession. This affords excellent opportunity to bring in all the str.ge hands as awkard Flemish lads and lasses curiously crowding around the hotel entrance, until finally to close the door as well as the "scene," the demands of the porters are partially met. The second scene might reveal an early morning bedroom with the tourists busily cramming French from Tbomae Cook and Sons' conversational guide. Scene three would then open upon a breakfast room with snowy linen and Garcou in dress suit and linen likewise shown. Enter tourists smiling confidently and cheerfully calling, "Bone joor, Mon sir!" A look of slow amazement on the face of the waiter, and a reply full of pitying condescension, "Bong zure, M'soo. " There is no more French (?) spoken by the travellers during the repast. At its close they call for the bill. Exit waiter. Eeenter with two glasses of foaming beer. An indignant expostulation and some byplay with coins clarifies the situation and the account appears. It is much longer than anticipated, but only two items are readable—the freshly added beers. A straight American argument overawed the waiter. But Madame appears. Her speech fully written would cover the space of a President's message. In delivery it takes only a few moments. But bow full those moments are! How the waves of sound gush outl How they sweep everything before them like a Johnstown flood ! The curtain falls on two meek pilgrims humbly handing out the coin. Perhaps this will suffice to illustrate the possibilities of the theme. Its variety is boundless. Move on to Holland tor the next act, with its Dutch pentious and its signs, "Ver- boden Toegaug" which a stranger never sees till he is forced to explain the situation to a stolid and uricon- viuced policeman. Again, a perfectly natural curiosity leads to difficult explanations iu (ieruiun fortresses. And who shall attempt to picture the speechless misery of the first dinner at a fashionable Pai is cuft-'! Yet after all the difficulties of travelling with limited language ruay be easily exaggerated. A v>eek in a new country teaches out- the teems for his chief needs. Even in remote districts, far off the beaten paths, the language of gestures will secure [the necessary services. Usually, too, the i villager is less disposer! to take ad!vantage of ignorance than those who are accustomed to live off the traveller , But tbe stranger uiuet not object to i curiosity. I In n little Dutch village we needed some cycle repairs but no shop was in | sight. A youth who could speak and .understand a little German volunteered his aid and led us in triumph , through all the principal streets, call, ing out to his acquaintances at every i block, "Engelsman, Engelaniau," | until the procession numbered all the available boys of the town clattering along behind us in wooden shoos and repeating in wondering chorus, "Engelsmen, Engelfiman." Nine out of ten foreigners, however, believe that if they talk fast enough and long enough, tbe traveller will certainly understand. After many experiments, we found that the only cure is to talk back just <is rapidly in English. It is delightful to watch the chatter stiffen and the fountain of words freeze over. Such a method makes a good safety valve for heated feelings too, but it needs caution in its use. With Western indifference to precedence of rank, we wheeled in ahead of a group of qfflcers on the German frontier, and even had the temerity to call out to the pompous leader, "Bin.ioh auf dem Weg nach Metz"? His lofty supercilious manner and the contempt in his gutteral "Ya" fired our democratic blood and we proceeded to remark as we pedaled away, that he was not the only boulder on the beach and that Uncle Sam coi.ld turn his fighting Kaiser and the whole German army over his knee. To our surprise a slow smile struggled out under his fiercely waxed moustache, and the words followed, "You young rascals." Since that time we make use of overflow English more guardedly. Annual Meeting. To the stockholders of the Warner, Whitsel & Company: Please take notice that the annual meeting of the stockholders of Warner, Whitsel & Company will be held at the office of th\e corporation in the city of. Covina, colinty of Los Angeles, State of California, on Wednesday, April IS. 190ft, at 7:30 p. m., for the purpose of eleating directors and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the meeting-. E. P. WARNER. Sec'y. Notice of Annual Meeting. Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting- of the Covina Mutual Building- and Loan Association, will be held at the office of the Association, Badillo St., Covina, at the hour of 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 22nd, 1908, for the purpose of electing a board of directors of the Covina Mutual Building and Loan Association to serve far ensuing year, and for the transaction of such other business as may be brought before the meeting-. J. H. MATTHEWS, Secretary. Best Healer in the World. Rev. F. Starbird of East Raymond Maine, says; "I have used Bucklen's Arnica Salve forseveral years, on my old army wound, and other obstinate sores, and find it the best healer in the world. I use it too with great success in my veterinary-business." Price 25c Clapp's drug store. No Use to Die, "I have found out that there is no nse to die of lung trouble as long as you can get Dr. King's New Discovery, 1 ' says Mrs. J.P. White, of Rushboro, Fa. "I would not be alive today only for that wonderful medicine. It loosens up a cough quicker than anything else and cures lung disease even after the case is pronounced hopeless." This most reliable remedy for coughs and colds, la grippe, asthma, bronchitus ant 1 hoarseness, is sold under guarantee at C. F. Clapp's drug store. 50c and $1.00. Trial bottle free. Assessment Notice. Irwindale Land and Water Co-npany, principal place of business, Irwindale Postoffice, County of Los Angeles, State of California. Notice is hereby given that at a meeting of the directors held on the 3rd day of March, 1908. an assessment (No. 6) of fifty (5,0) cents per share was levied on the capital stock of the above named corporation payable -at the secretary's oflice at Irwindale, county <if Los Angeles, State of California. Any block on which this ass<?h»ment shall remain unpaid on the 7lh day of I April, 1'Xjx, shall be delinquent and i advertised for sale at public auction, I and unle»* payment is marie before,! will be hold (jti the 30th day of April, j I',H)«, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, at ! the otiicc of the company in Jrwin- : date, Lo» Angeles county, State of' California, to pay the delinquent i a5.->e.ib;nent, together with co.-,t of ad- i verti.iintf and exp.-n^r of .-.air. K. K. LKKi H secretary. COVINA MEAT MARKET J. F. KENDALL, Prop. Orders taken and deliveries made daily. Orders in town will receive prompt attention. Fresh and Tender Beef, Mutton, Pork, Etc. Home Phone 36 Patrick H. Tolly Cement Pipe flanufacturer ALL SIZES AND IN ANY QUANTITY Estimates furnished.—All work guaranteed. Agent for KANSAS CEMENT Large or small quantities. Yards, Azusa Avenue, just north of San Bernardino Road Telephone, Home 3249 Postoffice Address, Covina Select Your Route TOURIST CARS I. N. WILSON The Blacksmith With the most skillful mechanics and the best equipment we can do your work in the most workmanlike and best manner in shorter time and at a reasonable cost to you. Wo also carry a line of Farm Implements, Wagons, Etc, and if you are thinking of purchasing a vehicle os any kind we invite you to call and look over our line and talk the matter over. We will guarantee you a square deal and save you a few dollars besides. To the EAST Via New Orleans, El Paso or Ogdcn Personally Conducted Tourist Excursions from Los Angeles to New Orleans, Washington, Cincinnati, Louisville, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Omaha, Minneapolis, St. Paul and other points in the East without change of cars. Through the warmer climate of the South, with its rice and cotton fields; or over the route of the Pioneers of '4'), and across Great Salt Lake—"going to sea on a train." D. B. SCIIENCK, Agent. Covina Home phone 144 or G. L. TRAVIS, Commercial Agent, Pomona Home phone 61; Sunset Main 70 4 Southern Pacific Los Angeles Oflice, 6(K) S. Spring St., corner Sixth Tulare County Lands are selling more rapidly than at any time in the history of the state. Why? Because the land is fine, the water pure and climate conditions unexcelled for the growing of fruits, vegetables and alfalfa. Tulare County raises the cleanest oranges and the earliest. Though young in development about 3000 cars of oranges will be shipped this season. The grape industry is one of the surest in- vestments of all, and peaches, apricots, prunes, figs, olives and all small fruits grow to perfection. We have sold over WO acres of this land in the past two weeks. This shows how it is going. We have for this week one exceptional bargain. U.O acres only 3 miles from a good town, directly on the railroad. Fine soil, no hard pan nor alkali, for only $25 an Acre We have seen these lands and can tell you their rjualitics, or come and go up there with us and see for yourself. Phone 5008 J. H. MATTHEWS COVINA, CAL. ^^&&&&&*^^

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